University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Admissions

Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city
0
100
66%
Acceptance Rate
16,313
Students Applied
53%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
1360
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
SAT Subject Tests
Yes
AP Course Credit
Yes
Dual Enrollment
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 1, 2020
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. November 1, 2020
Fall Regular Decision January 15, 2020 May 1, 2018
Spring Regular Decision November 15, 2018
Test Optional
No
Application Fee
$70
Fee waivers available
Applications Accepted
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
71%
Out-Of-State Students
17%
US States Represented
54
Countries Represented
83
48%
Submitting ACT
71%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 26
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1203
0
1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
540
75th
650
Reading
25th
560
75th
640
3.50
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By GPA

3.75+
32%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
40
Top 25%
73
Top 50%
95

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: admission@usfca.edu
Admissions Telephone: 415-422-6563
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
For Veteran Services: visit page

What Students Are Saying

3.83 Average Rating
If you are enrolled or are planning on going to USF, here are a few tips that I wish I had.

1) Expect it to be hard. USF is challenging and difficult: personally and academically. You have to be open to challenge from peers and professor because it will come. With difficulty, you have two options: close up and avoid it or take the challenge head on. My advice? Charge the bull. You probably sacrifice some nights of fun but you will get good grades on your report card (and that is where the personally hard part comes in.)

2) Have fun. Here in San Francisco, there are so many things to do. From concerts in the park (that are free, you know) to shopping at the famous Union Square, there is always something fun to do. San Francisco is famous for never being dull and you willl have some stories to tell. Not to mention, USF hold regular dances, comedy nights, movie nights, sporting events, and other cool things to take the edge off of studying.

3) Stay focused. Like every good thing, there is a catch. USF is a fun place to live. USF sponsored a Macklemore concert not too long ago, serves as the Blue Angels practice space, and is generally a fun place to be. San Francisco is full of great food, awesome sights, and interesting people. But, you are attending a university. I know it is tempting to go wild with freedom but train yourself to see the bigger picture: you are there to make a future for yourself. Remember that, and you will enjoy everything USF has to offer you.
Warren from Los Angeles
The school, like the city is very hilly so be able to handle walking up-hill and downhill. Always take advantage of available resources if you ever need help or advice or tutoring there are many resources available for your needs. Like cooler weather because San Francisco is in the sixties year-round just about. Also, you do not have to be religious or be catholic like the school is. Religion is faintly present in classrooms and in the school in my opinion. There's a big school church, but besides that it feels like a normal school, so don't let the religious school label obstruct you from attending.
Amie from Phoenix, AZ
Save up as much as you because because you will spend more than you budget for. Bring walking shoes and lose your nerves because anything is possible here is you are willing to go out and make it happen.
Genevieve from Apollo Beach, FL
Your college experience is what you make of it, choose the place that you feel called to and go for it. No matter where you end up, you can choose to make it an awesome 4 years.
Laura from La Quinta, CA
As an interested student as well, I recommend going to as many meetings as possible. I recommend talking to as many students that attend USF to get there prospective and tour around the campus to become familiar with the route.
Laura from Tustin, CA
From my experience at the moment, science majors have a lot of work cut out for them. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself, especially if you have a great deal of interest in the sciences, but may or may not feel like you would do so well. Like I've said before, there's a great deal of resources on campus that can help you succeed.

If you've taken AP classes in high school, definitely send your scores right away because I've gotten credit for the ones that I've passed. If you get a 5, you can be eligible to move on to the next level of that course/subject. I've heard my friends at UC's who have complained that they still need to take the entry level classes even if they received 4's and 5's on the exams. USF definitely rewards its students.

USF has departments catered to Nursing, Law, and Business. Also, they have pre-professional programs. So, if you're interested in any of these, definitely consider USF!

Be well-rounded and involved, especially in what you have a passion for!

Start early! Try to apply for early action for private college and make sure you do your financial aid information ASAP. Don't be afraid to receive help from counselors and make sure you discuss every step you take with your parents. You need to keep them updated!
Samantha from San Jose, CA
Apply as early as possible. Gather all documents months in advance to meet the deadline.
IZZAH from KArachi, CA
If you are the typical 3.8+GPA student who has great extracurricular activities then you are in. This University doesn't look for Stanford test scores but they want to see people who are high achievers that want to succeed.
Dean from Fernley, NV